Friday, August 4, 2017

MLGW Preserves Sanitation Icon Joe C. Warren’s Home

MLGW purchased the home of AFSCME Memphis Local 1733 member Joe C. Warren in June.

In honor of Mr. Warren, who coined the term " I am a man”, and other sanitation workers, MLGW plans to preserve and maintain Warren’s home at 968 Meagher. 

Warren held organizational meetings at his home on the corner of Meagher & Dunkley. Dunkley has been given the honorary street name of Joe C. Warren Boulevard and soon Warren’s house will get a historical marker.

MLGW is extremely pleased that Warren’s home will serve as a gateway to its expanding North Service Center. Asbestos has been removed from the home and new siding has been installed.

Warren marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1968 Sanitation Strike in Memphis. Warren, along with eight other original sanitation workers, was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama April 2011. They were also inducted into the Department of Labor's Labor Hall of Fame.

Warren, a WWII veteran, was fired along with 32 others by the City of Memphis Sanitation Department in 1965 for alleged employment violations.

Warren passed away at the age of 91 in July 2012.

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